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Great Taste Awards 2017

Mahon GTA


Brindisa’s outstanding achievements for fine food products

Brindisa is thrilled with the great news this week that its Torralba Mahon DOP cheese has once again achieved two Great Taste stars. Many products from Brindisa’s unrivalled range of Spanish foods were successful at the Great Taste Awards, including two stars each for fish, olive oil and cured venison, and seven more products gaining one star each.

Two-Star Winners: Outstanding Spanish Food
Continuing its 2016 two-star triumph at the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards, Torralba Mahon DOP, from Menorca, leads this year’s success story for Brindisa. Steamed octopus tentacles, Aubocassa L’Amo olive oil and Artemonte venison cecina join this semi-hard raw cows’ milk cheese, with each awarded two stars in 2017. This quality seal of approval is acknowledged as an ‘outstanding’ benchmark for fine food and drink.

One-Star Winners: Simply Delicious Producers
Spain produces a wide range of cheese from wonderful dairies all over the country, and Brindisa is constantly searching for new cheeses. Four Spanish cheeses of distinction have achieved one Great Taste star, from the fresh and light to the creamy and dense; Cabra del Tietar (semi cured pasteurised goats’ milk), Rey Silo (raw cows’ milk), Garrotxa (pasteurised goats’ milk) and 1605 Manchego DOP (semi cured raw ewes’ milk) have all been highlighted as ‘simply delicious’ this week. Moving away from the cheese board, three equally flavourful foods have each achieved one star: Brindisa’s romesco sauce (a Catalan speciality), Alejandro chistorra picante (a long thin cooking chorizo) and Señorio de Montanera Iberico de bellota organic ham (from Extremadura).

Another great tasting year
The acknowledged benchmark for the speciality food and drink sector, recognition at the Great Taste Awards, is highly sought after. Over 62 days, between March and July, more than 500 expert judges worked in teams to decide which products were worthy of one, two or three-stars. With just 4,347 of the 12,366 entries receiving stars, and only 1,011 foods achieving two stars, this outstanding achievement places Brindisa in roughly the top 8% of entrants.

Monika Linton, Chairman and Product Director at Brindisa, comments: “We are once more thrilled that the quality and provenance of Brindisa has been recognised at the Great Taste Awards. It’s especially rewarding to see our iconic Mahon cheese achieving two stars year after year. Spain is increasingly known for first-class cheese and charcuterie, and it is exciting that other edible treats like octopus, venison and regional sauces are tasting so good. This achievement is testament to the Spanish producers we work with, and the timing couldn’t be better as we gear up for a tasty festive season.”

One of this year’s comments from the judging table at the Great Taste Awards described Brindisa’s Mahon two star winner in the following way: “This golden cheese would be a welcome addition to any cheeseboard as it is unusual and doesn’t seem to have any direct competition. The rind is particularly good. We can’t think of another cheese quite like it.”

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